Good Times travelers are going to Tennessee in November for seven days of holiday fun and excitement.
The trip, with stops in Chattanooga and Nashville, has been arranged for the travel club by John Madden of TravelWorld.
Included are stays at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville and the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Inn, a performance of the Grand Ole Opry, a dinner cruise on the Cumberland River and much more.
The complete package, including transportation, hotel accommodations, all admissions, four dinners, a lunch and breakfast every day is priced at $1,479 per person based on double occupancy. Single occupancy is available for $1,799.
All arrangements are being handled by TravelWorld offices in Scranton and Kingston. Reservations, limited to 52 people, may be made at those locations. Ed and Eleanor Rogers will host the trip.
The group will leave NEPA early on the morning of Nov. 12 in a Martz Trailways Wi-Fi-equipped bus and travel to Lexington, Virginia, where it will spend the night. The next morning it will be on to Chattanooga, one of the south’s upcoming tourist venues.
While there, the group will visit the Tennessee Aquarium, one of the nation’s finest, which features both fresh and saltwater species.
Following a welcome dinner, the group will spend the night at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Inn, once a main stop on the Southern Railway System. The railroad and terminal were the inspiration for the World War II-era Glen Miller hit tune, “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.”
The Gaylord Opryland resort in Nashville will be all decked out in its traditional finery when the Good Times travelers check in for a three night stay.
More than two million lights will adorn the inside and outside of the resort, an outdoor Nativity display will feature special lighting effects and an audio rendition of the biblical story of the birth of Christ, and a parade of trees will include evergreens decorated by country artists and other celebrities.
Arrangements have been made for the group to take a scenic cruise on a Mississippi-style river flatboat through the Opryland Resort’s Delta Atrium to view the spectacular Christmas decorations.
A performance of ICE at the Opryland Events Center also is included in the package. The show features the magic of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer carved into two million pounds of colorful ice sculptures.
Also while in Nashville, the Good Times group will have premium seats for a performance of the Grand Ole Opry, a dinner cruise on the General Jackson showboat and a dinner and show at Nashville Nightlife Theater regarded as “The Best Country Show” in Music City.
Visits to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the historic RCA Studio B which has given birth to thousands of hit songs in multiple genres of music will be another highlight of the Nashville itinerary.
In its heyday, Studio B saw the creation of numerous chartbusters, such as Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and Charley Pride’s “Kiss an Angel Good Morning.”
The famed 1940 Steinway piano that was used by Elvis has not left the room since he recorded there. If they’re musically inclined, visitors are welcome to ease themselves on the bench and tickle the ivories.
Also on the Nashville agenda is lunch at the Wildhorse Saloon where line dancing and other fun things are always on the agenda; a visit to Andrew Jackson’s home, the Hermitage; a guided tour of Nashville and an additional dinner.
The homeward trip will include an overnight stop in Lexington Virginia, and arrival in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Madden urged Good Times readers interested in joining the trip to make their reservations as soon as possible. “This is going to be a sell-out,” he predicted.
Brochures containing the complete itinerary are available from TravelWorld by calling 570-342-5790 in Scranton or 570-288-9311 in Kingston.